So impressions...well, lots of acers, lilies, hostas, acquilegia, grasses in the various nursery stands. A mixed bag of a show with crafts and specialist foods alongside gardening tools, clothing, plants and show gardens.
|Orange Marmalade on the left and Fragrant Bouquet on the right|
I love hostas and the show had a number of stalls showing such a range of these plants from minatures to giants. Needless to say I bagged a couple, Orange Marmalade and Fragrant Bouquet, well who could resist - not me! C looks like becoming a hosta convert, it's the minature ones that have caught her interest. I also picked up a envelope of hosta seeds. According to the packet they seldom come true to the parent plant as, like acquilegias, they are very promiscuious, so it will be interesting to see what results I get.
I couldn't come back to Holly Grove without at least one new addition to the flower borders. The chosen plant is Nemesia Vanilla Lady, chosen for its striking perfume and its dainty flowers. I think it will go into the front of the swingseat walk border, right by the steps so that its perfume can be fully appreciated.
Lilies were my other purchase. The displays in the Floral Marquee were amazingly beautiful and these are what tempted both C and I to buy some bulbs. We came away with three types, all asiatic lilies I believe:
Dimension; the most dramatic of the three. A very deep burgundy with texture like velvet.
Patricia's Pride; picking up the burgundy theme in the centre of the predominently white flower.
White Heaven - what can I say, irresistible!!!
There were three gardens I found of interest:
A Garden for Life - very attractive garden building surrounded by dense planting and a lovely fountain water feature. The colours in this garden really appealed to me; mostly blues and purples.
The Atomic Journey - strange theme for a garden but this was beautifully executed. A very symmetrical garden with a small but effective range of plants - both C and I thought that this would make a lovely front garden.
|The Rain Garden|
I should also mention a stand that I have visited at a couple of shows and on-line: Plant Supports. They stock very robust and attractive plant supports and there is always a bargain to be had on their show stands. Add to this that it's a family firm and they are so friendly and helpful, it makes it a pleasure to do business with them. This time I bought some spiral supports and some edging supports; I'm getting quite a collection and they are required on this exposed and often windy site. My preference is for the rustic version as they fit in so well with the cottage garden planting, though by mid season they are hidden from view by foliage. They also supply green plastic coated supports.
We really had a lovely day out and I would recommend the show to anyone who enjoys their garden - lots to see and do in the lovely setting of the Malvern Hills. We'll be going back for more in September at the Autumn Show.